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Can't find your ancestor in death records?Most genealogists search death records such as Cemetery records, Obituaries and Vital Stats (Death Registrations or Certificates). If we don't find our ancestor in one of those death records, we're stuck! Where to search next? My ADF (Ancestor Death Finder) can help.
What happens when a loved one dies? What events take place around the death of a family member? What kind of death record paper trail is created on the death of an individual? The answers to these questions will lead you to other sources of death records and hopefully end that brick-wall.
When an ancestor dies, many records of that death might be created. Let's talk about records kept before an ancestor death and those created after a death.
Was your ancestor ill before death?Look for records of your ancestor in health care records before death
Your Ancestor Dies - what happens now?Depending on the type of death (accident, suicide, murder) an inquest might be held. A coroner's report might be filed. There may be a newspaper account of the death. There will be a doctor certificate of death and possibly registration of the death.
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Arrangements have to be made for a funeralA coffin is needed. Let's look at the kinds of death records that can result from arranging a funeral
Your ancestor has to be buried.A monument or gravestone might be purchased, What kinds of burial records might be found?
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Death Records for Military or CriminalsIf your ancestor was in the military or was killed during a war, you might find him in Military Death Records such as:
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